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E-learning module on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement

Updated on 19.09.2023

The Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement aims to push forward the development and implementation of an ambitious procurement strategy as an integrated and supportive management tool for governance. Using public procurement and the procurement of innovation as a strategic management tool, cities can significantly increase the positive impact on their social and environmental objectives.

Author: Urban Agenda Partnership on Innovative and Responsible Public Procurement

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The Urban Agenda Partnership brings together:

  • urban authorities: Haarlem (coordinator), Gabrovo, Larvik, Lublin, Prague, Preston, The Hague, Turin and Vantaa;
  • regions: Metropole Nantes, Region of Central Macedonia;
  • countries: Czechia, Italy, the Netherlands and Scotland;
  • observers and associations:
    • Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
    • European Centre of Employers and Enterprises providing Public Services represents employers and enterprises providing services of general interest (CEEP)
    • European centre for Sustainable integrated urban development (URBACT)
    • Vereniging van Nederlandse Gemeenten (VNG)
    • Urban Innovative Actions (UIA)
    • Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI)
    • Procure2Innovate
    • Network-based competence centre for sustainable and innovative public procurement (KEINO)
    • Nederlandse Vereniging voor Inkoopmanagement (NEVI) and Dutch Public Procurement Expertise Centre (PIANOo); and
    • the European Commission (DG REGIO, DG ENV, DG GROW and DG RTD).

The management tool for governance focuses on the following topics:

  • legal framework
  • measurement
  • strategy
  • circular procurement
  • knowledge exchange
  • innovation
  • funds.

Relevance for Circular Systemic Solutions

The online modules of the Urban Agenda Partnership are relevant for cities and regions looking for practical guidance on how to implement circular public procurement. The management tool for governance promotes exchange of knowledge between multiple stakeholders and the integration of these stakeholders to set public procurement as a driver for sustainability in multiple sectors/value chains. Overall, public procurement is a powerful tool that can be used by cities and regions to promote and mainstream the uptake of local Circular Systemic Solutions or their elements by local stakeholders.

How to use this tool or method

This is an interactive online tool in which the user can navigate through several public procurement topics using an easy-to-follow menu. Clicking on a topic will provide the user with deep dives into the topic, including guidance and practical recommendations.